Man rescued, arrested after his truck crashes through ice at Lexington State Harbor

Posted at 10:16 AM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 10:39:30-05

LEXINGTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — Police say a man got too close to the open water at Lexington State Harbor in Lexington, Michigan.

Around noon Saturday, citizens called 911 to report a truck had broken through the ice and there was a person in the truck. Citizens convinced the 62-year-old Kimball man to exit the truck and jump to safety on solid ice. Officials say the man was treated and then arrested by Lexington Police.

His truck then went underwater, submerged under the ice in approximately 12 feet of water.

On Sunday, a joint recovery effort was undertaken to remove the vehicle from the lake.

The effort consisted of cutting a series of large triangular holes in ice that was up to 14 inches thick. Divers then swam under the ice and hooked up to the truck. The truck was towed under the ice towards the launch ramp until the water was too shallow to tow under the ice.

Personnel then cut a massive hole in the ice and the truck was towed onto the boat launch ramp.